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CIF softball: Youth shows for Trinity

Knights’ second varsity season ends in the first round

Posted: May 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Trinity Classical Academy softball wasn’t handed anything this season.

In just its second varsity campaign, Trinity is still building a foundation.

A team that returned just five players from a year ago lost 16-4 to St. Matthias on Thursday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs at St. Matthias High in Downey.

The Knights (7-9 overall) led 3-1 going into the fourth inning, but couldn’t hold off the Victorians’ potent offense.

“They’re a solid team,” said Trinity head coach Ivette Demarois of St. Matthias. “They could hit. They were hitting off our pitchers. We made some errors, but they were definitely solid.”

Despite its inexperience, Trinity finished 4-2 to take second place in the Omega League this year and made its second straight trip to the postseason.

One of those returning players, sophomore Jacey Massetto, went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in Thursday’s game to lead her team offensively.

It wasn’t enough against St. Matthias (12-12), which finished second in the Santa Cruz League.

As a whole, Demarois was pleased with the Knights’ showing.

“I’m extremely proud of them ... Each girl improved throughout the season,” she said.

This year marks Trinity’s first senior class, which means the team will lose two players to graduation — Kaeli Massetto and Emily Segardia.

Kaeli has been the team’s captain since last year, and she finished the year with 11 home runs and a .574 batting average.

“She’s definitely going to be a loss,” Demarois said. “She’s such a blessing to have. She definitely made my job a lot easier. She takes control of the field and of the girls.”

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